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Medical Aid In Dying Bill Takes Major Step Forward In Hawaii Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Medical Aid In Dying Bill Takes Major Step Forward In Hawaii Legislature

UPDATED: The measure cleared a joint committee after additional safeguards were added. It now heads to a vote of the full House.

Medical Aid In Dying Bill Generates An Emotional 5-Hour Hearing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Medical Aid In Dying Bill Generates An Emotional 5-Hour Hearing

House lawmakers deferred a vote on the measure until Wednesday.

Why Would Anyone Want To Be Lieutenant Governor? Courtesy: KITV

Why Would Anyone Want To Be Lieutenant Governor?

The office comes with little power and few responsibilities. But it positions politicians for a leap to higher office — and to raise a lot of campaign cash.

Hawaii House Set To Hear Medical Aid In Dying Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii House Set To Hear Medical Aid In Dying Bill

Lawmakers supporting the measure say people deserve the right to choose how they end their lives in terminal cases.

The Only Three Legislative Committees You’ll Almost Never See On TV Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Only Three Legislative Committees You’ll Almost Never See On TV

Despite the difficulties of attending legislative hearings in person in Hawaii these House committee chairs have nixed televising their hearings.

Report: Public Is Being Shut Out On Critical State Information

Report: Public Is Being Shut Out On Critical State Information

A new study by a public interest law firm says Hawaii is the worst in the nation when it comes to timely decisions on open records and open meetings issues.

Another Delay Sought For Surprise Care Home Inspections Courtesy: Snowpeak/Flickr.com

Another Delay Sought For Surprise Care Home Inspections

Advocates for the elderly say unannounced inspections are long overdue but state officials foresee problems.

10 Drownings In 3 Weeks: Will Hawaii Lawmakers Boost Ocean Safety Now? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

10 Drownings In 3 Weeks: Will Hawaii Lawmakers Boost Ocean Safety Now?

The rash of deaths on Maui, predominantly visitors, has elected officials searching for solutions.

Legislature Keeps Written Testimony Under Wraps Til The Last Minute Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Legislature Keeps Written Testimony Under Wraps Til The Last Minute

The common practice of not releasing testimony to the public until an hour before a hearing has one Republican lawmaker pushing for change.

Denby Fawcett: When Does Hawaii’s Famous ‘Aloha Kiss’ Become Sexual Harassment? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: When Does Hawaii’s Famous ‘Aloha Kiss’ Become Sexual Harassment?

In Hawaii’s hugging culture, it’s hard to tell when the traditional hug and kiss is innocent or inappropriate.

Medical Aid In Dying: ‘The Political Risk Is Not Passing It’ Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Medical Aid In Dying: ‘The Political Risk Is Not Passing It’

With polls consistently showing public support for the concept, legislators look to give the issue another go this session.

House Speaker Doesn’t Want Lieutenant Governor Job Either Cory Lum/Civil Beat

House Speaker Doesn’t Want Lieutenant Governor Job Either

UPDATED Attorney General Doug Chin says he’ll decide if he’ll take the job by Friday.